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9 years, 5 months ago 0

I am taking a group of photographers on a field shooting trip tomorrow morning (this is being written Saturday afternoon). Since I will be in airplanes getting home on Monday, I thought
I would post Monday’s blog entry now. I scouted the church, Trinity Church in Boston, before
I will take the group tomorrow. Since I will be helping folks tomorrow and probably not able to shoot much, I burned it up today.

The church was pretty quiet on a Saturday so I was able to not only do some serious shooting but get into a state of worship in this beautiful church. Trinity Church is a landmark in Boston built in 1847 in true Romanesque style. The finish work, sculpture, wood carvings and stained glass are spectacular. I picked up a CD of the Trinity Choir performing and then put together a sound synch for my Sunday group. I selected a wonderful song “For God So Loved The World”. Working on the slide show and listening to the song over and over I was overcome with the joy of knowing Him. To think that my Heavenly Father gave His only Son to die for me, how awesome it is to realize that wonderful Truth.

John 3:16 (New Living Translation)
 16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
Enjoy the images and rejoice with me!

the pilgrim

*Photo note: All images with D700, 17-35 AFS f 2.8, 35-70 AF f 2.8 and 70-300 AFS VR f 4.5-5.6
zoom Nikkor lenses. Most all images are HDR. (5 shots 1 stop apart) Processed in Photomatix Pro,
Photoshop CS3, and Capture NX2. From original jpg Fine images.

9 years, 5 months ago 0

For years I’ve seen pictures of a building of very unique architecture. I had no idea where it was.
Yesterday I was looking through a magazine about Boston and was shocked to find a picture of the very building I’ve always wanted to see and photograph. It is the MIT’s Stata Center, a research facility on the MIT Campus in Cambridge. I drove over there yesterday morning and worked it over for a little while. The resulting images are an exercise in using different lenses, angles and software applications to evoke different moods. I hope you enjoy them. The images are all HDR images with and without Topaz filters applied. Some are very straight, some off the wall.

Same building, many different looks and feels. One of the truly wonderful things about photography is the opportunity to express your moods and approaches to many subjects.
Thanks Lord for the chance to work and play at the same time.

the pilgrim

*Photo Note: D700, 35-70 AF f 2.8, 70-300 AFS VR. Tripod, HDR (5 shots – one stop apart)
Topaz filters, Color Pop, Psychedelic, Vibrance, exposure correction, smooth.

9 years, 5 months ago 0

Are they the best in America? Well they are one of the three best I’ve ever found! These bad boys got my coveted 4.7 pickles award. Only Hut’s in Austin, Texas and Pappa’s Burgers in Houston have made it that high up the scale. So how did I come across this delightful hole in the wall. Hey don’t take that wrong, all great burger places, o.k. most, are small, very “interesting” little places.
I wanted to have dinner with a wonderful friend and great shooter I know in Boston. Ian Dicker was a share holder in GAPW (Great American Photography Weekends), actually he still is, I’m the one that left.

When Ian asked what I would like to eat tonight I gave him the assignment of finding what was suppose to be the most killer burger in Boston. Well it was actually in Cambridge virtually across the street from Harvard. But even an arch conservative like me would venture into the second most liberal place in America for a great burger. I was rewarded with not only a truly perfect burger, but on the wall right next to my table was a poster of Ronald Reagan in a Chesterfield magazine ad, Circa 1950’s. Works for me……

What made it so great?, well first the company was exceptional. Ian Dicker is one of God’s great gifts to me during the early days of the GAPW. We have become really close friends and I love going out to shoot images with him, and he is an exceptional shooter too. Next Bartley’s did it right. Real hand pressed hamburger meat (that means enough fat to make it taste right), cooked the way you ask for it, I like mine medium and it was, hallelujah….. Cooked on a flat steel grill that was not “over” cleaned, I’ll bet somewhere on there is 1960’s grease! Perfectly toasted, buttered bun and really good fries and onion rings. First class all the way.

The college atmosphere only made it better and then Ian and I walked down to Harvard Square to take in the sites and catch a cab back to the hotel. I think I’ve mention that I’m blessed, with great friends, a wonderful family, a job that is an adventure everyday and God’s love.

the pilgrim

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you.”

*Photo Note: All images D700 and 35-70 AF f 2.8 (My 24-70 AFS f2.8 is in for repair).
Most images at ISO 1,600 and 3,200.

9 years, 5 months ago 0

Dateline, Boston, O:Dark Thirty……. Dramatic enough? Actually just another city with a big airport. Last night I went to the annual camera club judging for picture of the year in Boston.
The competition was the 300 best images of the year in various categories. The method of judging was unique. A guest judge looked at all 300 images and then on a second showing said “in” or “out” for each image. That removed half of the images. It took about 10 additional showings with more ins and outs, to get down to the winning image.

What I found interesting is that the images ran all the way from pretty poor to absolutely incredible. There were easily a dozen images that could have won and would have deserved it.
As a photographer of forty years of experience, I’ve come to like certain things and not care for others. That doesn’t mean much except I know what I like, and what I don’t like. My wife used to say that if I were a burglar I would arrested on my first break, in sitting in someone’s bedroom floor looking at their shoe box of prints. I love to see other people’s work, it opens my eyes to a new way of seeing the world, often a way I don’t see the world now. This is a good thing. Learning how to adjust your vision is critical to being a good photographer.

Learning how to adjust your vision is also critical to being a better person. It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing you already have most of this life figured out. I could easily say, “hey I’m sixty four years old, I know how I feel about things.” It’s not that easy though. God is showing me, everyday, how much I have to learn and how much my attitudes and prejudices need to be adjusted. Growth is when we learn, and then change. I closer walk with the Lord will result in growth. If you had no room for growth, you would be perfect. Fat chance of that, with me.

Romans 5:11 (New Living Translation)
11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.
I would rather have a “relationship” with God, than be perfect. If I have a relationship with Him then He will call me a friend. What more could I want than that!

the pilgrim

*Photo note: View from my hotel room early this morning, D700, 35-70 AF D f 2.8.